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And so, the growing season begins

By Staff | May 20, 2011

Corn is emerging throughout north central and northwest Iowa as warmer temperature are encouraging the young plants to break the surface.

Northwest Iowa farmers have mostly caught up with the rest of the state in corn planting, having been 94 percent complete as of Sunday.

West central Iowa was 97 percent complete and the entire state was at 92 percent.

North central Iowa, which got a late-start behind other reporting districts, checked in at 89 percent, with northeast Iowa trailing slightly at 81 percent.

Emerging corn is at 33 percent statewide. Not surprisingly southeast Iowa leads in emergence at 55 percent.

Northwest fields were 22 percent and north central at 15 percent. The five-year average for Iowa is 42 percent corn emergence by May 6.

Soybean planting was at the midway point with the statewide planting at 47 percent done.

Leading the state is southeast Iowa at 59 percent done, with north central and northeast Iowa trailing the state at 34 percent.

Northwest Iowa growers have planted 41 percent of their intended bean acres.

Oats are officially finished and mostly emerged, with 12 percent in excellent condition and 63 percent in good condition and 23 percent in fair condition statewide.

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